Above: Numidia in 200 C.E.
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SAINT MAXIMILLIAN (A.K.A. SAINT MAMILIAN) OF TREVESTE (274-295)
Roman Conscientious Objector
The Roman Empire had been engaged in on-and-off persecution of Christians since the first century C.E., with occasional empire-wide persecutions yet mostly regional yet not constant ones. Christians, with much justification, thought of the Roman Empire as the force which had killed many of their coreligionists and might do the same to them. Thus many of them refused to join the Roman Army. Among these Christians was one St. Maximillian, who refused miliatry induction at Treveste, Numidia (now Tebersa, Algeria). Taking this stance led to his beheading.
The state is essential; I am far from being an anarchist. And the state must have sufficient power and funds to function effectively; I not a full-blown Libertarian either. Yet I acknowledge that coercion is an inescapable element of the state. If this were not true and accurate, there would be no law enforcement or incarceration. This is necessary to a certain extent, given the realities of society. Yet even that does not justify executing or otherwise punishing a conscientious objector.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
DECEMBER 9, 2011 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF THE HOLY MEN OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
Grant, O God,
that your holy and life-giving Spirit may so move every human heart,
that barriers which divide us may crumble, suspicions disappear, and hatreds cease;
that our divisions being healed, we may live in justice and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Psalm 72 or 72:1-4, 12-14
James 2:5-9, 12-17
–The Book of Common Prayer (1979), pages 823 and 931
Revised on December 23, 2016